1 Thessalonians Scriptures and Review Questions 

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1. How was the church in Thessalonica, founded? (Acts 17:1-4)

2. What was the reaction of the Jews In Thessalonica to Paul's ministry?. (Acts 17:5-10)


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1 Thessalonians 

Paul founded the church in Thessalonica on his second missionary journey. He was there only a short time before he was driven out. The church there endured persecutions and Paul wrote them to establish them and give them hope. He showed them that those who died in Christ would be at no disadvantage at the Lordís coming.


Chapter 1


1 Thessalonians 1 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
1 Th 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.


1. Who was with Paul when this epistle was written? (1)

2. How does v. 2 and 3 relate to 5:17?

3. What three things did Paul remember when he gave thanks to God for the church of the Thessalonians? (2-4)

4. In what four ways did Paul say the gospel came to the church of Thessalonica? (5)

5. Who did the church of Thessalonica follow? (6)

6. Describe the affliction that the Thessalonians endured when they received the word (6,Acts. 17:1 -10)

7. To whom was the church of Thessalonica an example? (7)

8. Where was Macedonia and Achaia? (Look on a map)

9. From what did the Thessalonian church turn in order to serve the living and true God? (9)

10. What seemed to be the composition of the majority of the Thessalonian church? (9)

11. What did Jesus deliver us from in the future? (10)




Chapter 2


1 Thessalonians 2:1-9 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:
2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:
6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.


1. What did Paul mean when he said, 'We had suffered before and were shamefully entreated at Philippi"' (2, Acts 16:16-40)

2. What phrase indicates that the preaching of the gospel at Thessalonica was not easy either'? (2)

3. What eight things were not characteristic of Paulís ministry? (3-6)

4. By what Illustration did Paul compare his gentleness among them? (7)

5. What was Paul willing to impart to the Thessalonians? (8)

6. Why did Paul labor night and day in Thessalonica? (9)  



1 Thessalonians 2:10-20 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
2:10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 For ye are our glory and joy.

7. How did Paul describe his behavior among them? (10)

8. By what illustration did Paul compare his exhorting, comforting, and charging? (11)

9. For what cause did Paul thank God? (13)

10. What illustrations of sufferings did Paul give to encourage the Thessalonians in their suffering? (14-16)

11. What hindered Paul from coming again unto the Thessalonians? (17-18)

12. What was Paul's joy and crown of rejoicing? (19-20)


Chapter 3

1 Thessalonians 3 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

1. Where was Paul when he sent Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians? (1)

2. What three terms of endearment did Paul use to describe Timothy? (2)

3. For what three reasons did Paul send Timothy to them? (2,3)

4. What we are appointed to in 3:3, but not appointed to in 5:9?.

5. How does verse 5 show even greater personal concern than verse 1?

6. What report did Timothy bring back? (6)

7. What did this good report do for Paul? (7-9)

8. Why did Paul desire to see the Thessalonians face to face? (10)

9. What three things did Paul want the Lord to do for the Thessalonians? (11-13)


Chapter 4

1 Thessalonians 4 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


1. What did Paul say is the will of God? (3, 5:18)

2. What should every one know how to do? (4-6)

3. What has God called us unto? (7)

4. Who has taught us to love one another? (9)

5. What three things did Paul command the church to seek? (11)

6. What did Paul say regarding our behavior toward those outside the church? (12)

7. Of what didn't Paul want the Thessalonians to be ignorant? (13)

8. Why is the sorrow over the death of a Christian less that the death of one who is lost? (13)

9. What sounds will accompany the return of the Lord? (16)

10. What is the hope of Christians whether dead or alive? (14-18)


Chapter 5

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.


I . What two illustrations did Paul use to describe the coming of the day of the Lord? (1-4)

2. What are we children of? (5)

3. What is the meaning of the word "sleep" in verses 6 and 7?

4. What is meant by the word sober in verses 6 and 8?

5. How does verse 8 compare to Ephesians 6:13-17?

6. How does verse 8 compare with I Thessalonians 1:3?

7. What verse in this chapter Is often used to show that the church will not go through the tribulation period? (9)  


1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.


8. List two things Paul besought us to do regarding those that labour among us and are

over us in the Lord. (12-13)

9. What three duties of leaders were given? (12)

10. What fifteen imperatives were given? (13-22)

11. What three things about you did Paul wish to be preserved blameless? (23)

12. What did Paul charge to be done with this epistle? (27)


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